Help Hungry Chicago Families

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is still accepting donations for its holiday food drive. You have until January 3rd to drop off non-perishable items at your local Dominick’s store. The economy has placed a greater strain on family resources and agencies like the GCFD are reporting an increase in need citywide. So, please do your part and pick up some extra food (if you can) and drop it in the bins at Dominick’s!


Video: Rihanna and Gucci for UNICEF


The ever-so-stylish Rihanna is the ambassador for the 2009 Gucci/UNICEF partnership and is the spokesmodel for Gucci’s Tattoed Heart Collection. Gucci is donating 25% of all proceeds from the collection to UNICEF’s programs in Africa. 

To view the collection, click here.

To learn more about UNICEF, click here.


Happy Monday!

Chicago Ice

Hey, everyone…Hope you had a great weekend! It was absolutely too doggone cold in Chicago to do ANYTHING! For the most part, I spent the weekend in bed and surfing the internet. I was able to find a few jobs to apply for, and research some topics for the blog/Examiner.

Also, I got a chance to watch some episodes of “Real Chance of Love” for the first time! Woooowwwww…That’s all I can say about that show. For real, Real?!?!? *shaking my head* Anyways, I hope you enjoy this week’s posts…I’m off to work on some cover letters :-)


12 Days Left: Coach Cares

Coach partnered with 11 charitable celebrities in their holiday “Coach Cares” campaign. Each celeb picked an item for which 20% of sales would benefit their respective causes. You can view the selected products by clicking here, and they can be purchased online or in-stores! Here’s a list of celebs and their organizations. 

Mandy Moore – Peace Games

Ryan Reynolds – The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Jessica Alba – Youth Mentoring Connection

Elizabeth Banks – LA’s Best

Kerry Washington – V-Day

Evangeline Lilly – Free Press

Ali Larter – The Art of Elysium

Halle Berry – Jenesse Center

Eva Longoria – Eva’s Heroes

Rebecca Romijin – spcaLA

Rosario Dawson – Lower East Side Girls Club

My two favs were picked by Mandy Moore and Halle Berry!

Mandy’s Pick:                                                       


Halle’s Pick: 



Lush Cosmetics – Charity Pot

It’s no secret that the winter can bring about horribly dry skin. I feel like I’m applying lotion and a slew of other moisturizers CONSTANTLY. I guess it’s just one of those things that we can’t avoid (like political scandals in Chicago). 

If you’re looking for a new moisturizer to add into your routine, I suggest that you check out LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot. I sampled it a few days ago and my hands felt super soft after using it, and the smell was actually very light and nice. 

charity pot

The best part about the Charity Pot is (obviously) the retail price is donated to LUSH’s Charity Pot program, which donates money to a host of animal and environmental rights charities. You can purchase the Charity Pot as a stand-alone item (7.9 oz, $20.45), or you can purchase it as part as the Charity Pot Holiday Gift Set ($59.95).

charity box

(Includes Charity Pot, and fair trade lotion, a massage bar, soap and shower gel)

For more information on the organizations that LUSH supports, click here!


Last Minute Notice!


Hey, all! I meant to post this earlier, but the day completely got away from me! Anywho, Mr. Mariah Carey himself, Nick Cannon, will be DJing tonight at The Underground‘s First Annual “Grinch Who Gave Back Christmas” benefit. Tonight’s event is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

You’ll be asked to make a donation at the door so DON’T be cheap especially since it will be donated to a great cause, and you get to party in the same room as Mr. Wildin’ Out! Not too shabby!

P.S. If you do go out tonight, please be careful. With tonight’s ice storm and Daley’s trifling nature, the streets will most certainly be hazardous! I was planning to hit a few events tonight, but if you know me then you know that I refuse to combine unnecessary driving and inclement weather! So, I’m very sad about tonight…especially since I always have a great time at Underground (one of many examples below)!




One Week Left for Kenneth Cole To Give To Your Charity

Designer/social activist, Kenneth Cole, is helping you donate to the charity of your choice. When you buy $100 worth of merchandise, you will receive a donation card or access code which will allow you to donate $10 of Kenneth Cole money to the charity of your choice using the Network for Good!

You have until December 24th to make a purchase, and have until March 31st to redeem your code. For more info, click here!


Celebrity Spotlight: Ludacris


Celebrities deserve some shine for all of the good works that they do. I’m dedicating the first celebrity spotlight to Chris “Ludacris” Bridges for three reasons…

1. He kicked off his “LudaCrismas in Toyland” initiative here in Chicago on Tuesday

2. He has been one of the most consistent philanthropic entertainers. Since 2001, the Ludacris Foundation has donated over $750,000 to nonprofit organizations.

3. He looks TOO sharp in the photo above (taken at a recent shoot for Michigan Avenue Magazine).

LudaCrismas will visit New York on Thursday and Miami on Friday before returning to Atlanta to host an event on Saturday. The Ludacris Foundation partnered with community organizations in each city to put together an event for children to enjoy food, entertainment, and games in a festive holiday environment! These Christmas parties are apart of the LudaCares Initiative which is dedicated to supporting kids and families in need during the holiday season

If you would like to show your support for this foundation and learn more the programs offered, please head on over to the website. Go LUDA!


P.S. “LudaCrismas” is not to be confused with “LudaChristmas,” the holiday event featured on 30 Rock…In case you were wondering!

Upcoming Toy Drives

As expected, there have been numerous toy drives all over the city. This past weekend, both Anna Kournikova and former Chicago Bears player, Jerry Azumah, hosted toy drives for their respective charities. And, this week, there are still more opportunities for you to show up and drop something off for a deserving child!

Thurs, 12/18: Latino Toys for Tots Party – This event, hosted by Telemundo anchor Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix, is a benefit for the Erie Neighborhood House and includes appetizers and Don Julio and Ciroc cocktails.

Where: Enclave (220 W. Chicago) from 6-9p

Suggested Donation: Toy Valued at $30 or more


Fri, 12/19: Ignite the Spirit Fund’s 5th Annual Toy Drive – Come out and help Chicago firefighters collect toys for three local children’s hospitals! This group has also produced a 2009 calendar to raise funds for families. You’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the featured gentlemen and purchase a calendar.

Where: Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison) from 7-10p

Suggested Donation: $30.00 without a toy or a $15.00 with a toy, includes unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks

Sat, 12/20: Negro League Legends Collect Toys for Tots – Several players from the Negro Leagues will be signing autographs along with collecting toys for the Illinois Toys for Tots organization.

Where: JC J Memorabilia – Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave) from 12-3p

Now, you can’t say that you missed your chance to give a toy! Get out there and drop something off…And, don’t forget to give with a cheerful heart! This is a joyous time of year :-)


Peek Inside Chicago Society Circles

I tend to cover charity/philanthropy that’s a little more accessible than your big-ticket $500/ticket galas. However, if you’re like me and still interested in what events Chicago’s top movers-and-shakers attend, then check out Crain’s Chicago Business’ Social Whirl section. Mary Cameron Frey does a great job of covering events and you can also check out the photo gallery for a true Who’s Who in Chicago!

Click here to be whisked away!


Candace Jordan (Image by Paul Sherman)



You should also follow Candace Jordan, one of Chicago’s premiere and F-A-B socialites. She wears many philanthropic hats and is always on everyone’s A-List. Read her adventures on her site, Candid Candace!


Also, there is a new website launching called Chicago Society Book. Bookmark the site now by visiting this link!

Happy socialite hunting!



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